Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series starts 12/20

Game 1: Wednesday, December 20th
Game 2: Tuesday, January 2nd
Game 3: Tuesday, January 30th
Game 4: Wednesday, April 18th

SuperSonics 88

(13-20, 4-13 away)

Mavericks 112

(25-7, 15-3 home)

Coverage: FSSW

7:30 PM ET, January 2, 2007

American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX

1 2 3 4 T
SEA 22 33 17 1688
DAL 33 22 23 34112

Top Performers

Seattle: R. Allen 27 Pts, 2 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl

Dallas: D. Nowitzki 31 Pts, 15 Reb, 2 Ast

Nowitzki, Howard help hot Mavs easily handle Sonics

DALLAS (AP) -- The Dallas Mavericks came out of the halftime break determined to get some easier shots on offense and to play better defense on Seattle guard Ray Allen.

They accomplished both objectives to stretch their winning streak to 11 games.

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Dallas Mavericks
The Mavericks extended their current winning streak to 12 games with a 112-88 victory over the Sonics. Dallas, which posted a 12-game winning streak earlier this season (Nov. 9-Dec. 1), is the 20th team in NBA history with two winning streaks longer than 10 games in the same season.

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Dirk Nowitzki had 31 points and a season-high 15 rebounds, and Josh Howard added 21 points and nine rebounds in the Mavericks' 112-88 victory against the SuperSonics on Tuesday night.

Jason Terry added 18 points and Devin Harris scored 16 for the Mavericks, whose season-best winning streak is 12 games from Nov. 9-Dec. 1.

Tied at halftime, the Mavericks took a 66-57 lead by opening the third quarter on an 11-2 run, with Harris accounting for the last six points of the spurt on drives and free throws.

"We didn't want to settle for jumpers," Harris said. "We wanted to attack the rim and get some easy baskets."

Dallas held a 58-30 rebounding edge, 21-8 on the offensive boards, and scored 34 second-chance points to nine for Seattle.

"Guys just came out and hit the glass hard on both ends of the court," Howard said.

Harris and teammate Greg Buckner were assigned to improve the second-half defense on Allen, who had 19 of his 27 points in the first half, 18 in the second quarter.

Allen went 3-for-9 in the second half.

"We wanted to mix it up against him," Harris said. "We know where he likes to shoot and we wanted to make it tougher on him."

Nowitzki, back in the lineup after sitting out the previous game due to a high fever from a sinus infection, had his first 30-point game since scoring 31 in a win over San Antonio on Nov. 24.

On Monday, Nowitzki got plenty of rest and spent time with his parents, visiting from their native Germany.

"Yesterday, I was able to sleep it off and I got some home cooking," said Nowitzki, who missed his first game of the season in Sunday night's 89-85 victory at Denver. "I felt a lot better coming in today."

Nowitzki has also been hampered recently by a sprained ankle.

"Dirk is a warrior," Dallas coach Avery Johnson said. "He plays injured and came back strong tonight."

Earl Watson added 15 points for the Sonics, who've lost nine of their last 12 and nine in a row on the road.

Dallas took a 78-72 advantage into the final quarter and put the game away by starting the fourth quarter with a 10-1 run capped by Buckner's 3-pointer with 8:42 remaining for an 88-73 lead.

"Whatever we had in the first half -- the togetherness and the toughness -- we didn't have in the second half," Seattle coach Bob Hill said.

Dallas began the game with a 25-9 run and the Mavericks were in front after the first quarter, 33-22.

But the Sonics responded with a 34-12 spurt that bridged the first and second quarters to go ahead by as many as six points.

Dallas finished the second quarter with an 11-5 run to draw even at 55.

Allen had a hot second quarter, hitting all four of his 3-pointers. From there, the Mavericks clamped down on him.

"They play together and always seem to be in the right places," Allen said. "The accountability is there defensively. We need to see how they do that and try to emulate it."

Game notes

Dallas set a season high for rebounds. ... The Sonics dropped their eighth straight to the Mavericks. ... Earlier in the day Howard won his second straight Western Conference Player of the Week award, becoming the first Maverick to win the award back-to-back. ... The Mavericks have limited their last 10 opponents to less than 100 points. ... Dallas F Jerry Stackhouse missed his sixth straight game with a sprained left ankle. Stackhouse will practice Wednesday could be available for Thursday night's home game against Indiana. ... Dallas scored 30 or more points in the first quarter for the 15th time this season. ... Nowitzki had led the Mavericks in scoring only once in his previous six games after doing so 17 times in the first 21 games.

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Team Stat Comparison

Points 88 112
FGM-FGA 32-76 (.421) 35-80 (.438)
3PM-3PA 8-16 (.500) 8-23 (.348)
FTM-FTA 16-25 (.640) 34-43 (.791)
Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 8-30 21-58
Assists 15 15
Turnovers 8 9
Steals 4 5
Blocks 5 4
Fast Break Points 18 18
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 30 (1/0) 21 (5/0)
Largest Lead 6 25

Top Performers

Ray Allen Allen
Points: 27
Reb: 2
Ast: 1
Stl: 1
Blk: 0
Dirk Nowitzki Nowitzki
Points: 31
Reb: 15
Ast: 2
Stl: 0
Blk: 0